Horizon Smart Policies have been introduced into VMware User Environment Manager 9.0 to be used in conjunction with Horizon 7.
Settings the are configurable include:
- USB Redirection
- Client Drive Redirection
- PCoIP Profile
Check out vDelboy’s blog post for a really comprehensive review of the settings and their profiles
Lets look at some real world examples.
Horizon Policies are accessed via the UEM Console in the User Environment tab.
I have customers whom are interested in disabling features when users are accessing desktops externally. To achieve this:
- Create a new Horizon Policy and disable the features in settings.
- Conditions set Client location is equal to External
I have customers who would like to set PCoIP profiles based on physical location because of bandwidth limitations, this can be achieved by:
- Create a new Horizon Policy and set a PCoIP profile based on your location and bandwidth
- Conditions set Endpoint device starts with <sitename>
To complement all scenarios I also create a triggered task to refresh Horizon Policies on Reconnect.
A really good use case for this would be:
- User logs onto VDI Desktop on internal LAN and has access to USB Redirection
- User Disconnects from Desktop
- User Reconnects to VDI Desktop from home
- Triggered task is instigated on reconnect and External Horizon Smart Policy is applied
- User no longer has access to USB redirection
Smart Policies offer the Horizon administrator a very granular and powerful tool for managing their environments. The scenarios above only showcase a few scenarios and conditions that i’ve found useful. Check out this VMware blog post for a full round up of the conditions that can be used.